Hope Christensen, age 96, of Stevens Point, died March 27, 2012 at the Portage County Health Care Center.
Hope was born November 11, 1915 to the late Emil & Stella (Perkins) Erickson in Vernon County, WI. Her family moved to Minnesota where she gew up, attended grade school, and graduated from Litchfield High School, MN.
She later moved to Richland Center, WI where she married Wesley L. Christensen Sr. in 1937. They divorced in later years.
Her family moved to Appleton, WI where Hope spent much of her married life devoting her time to family and raising two sons. Hope was active most of her adult life in sales, selling Beauty Counselor products, Copper Craft products, and for nearly twenty years developed her own Appleton based business of interior decorating, specializing in drapery fixtures.
Hope was an unassuming person with suprising persistence, skill, and love. Her central role was that of superb mother and grandmother. Without doubt, she was the hub of the family. She had an "out of nowhere" sense of humor that often stopped people and left them speechless. From riding horses bare back on the farm as a teen, to her last greeting of Remy, the therapy dog three days before her death, she was a life long lover of animals. Hope enjoyed telling stories about her childhood pets on the farm: Johnny the Sheep and Shep, her favorite dog as a child. She owned several dogs as an adult and particularly enjoyed her Siamese cat, Sam. Hope was proud of playing on one of the first girls' basketball teams in Minnesota. During WWII, Hope provided informal voluntary Morse-code practice to U.S. Navy Officers. She took pride in being an excellent cook, and in her spare time she enjoyed cross stitching and knitting. In later years she enjoyed leisure time, spending time on a hobbie farm in Ogdensburg, WI, and wintering in Flordia with her close friend and companion, Frank Zahrt. Hope enjoyed watching the dolphins while visititing the coasts. She also collected dalphin figurines.
Survivors include her sons, Wes (Mary) Christensen of Appleton & Dale (Donna) Christensen of Stevens Point; grandchildren, Kari (James) Stewart of Ozark, MO, Kelly Christensen of Menasha, Eric (Andrea Brown) Christensen of Washington D.C., & Kelsey Christensen of Minnepolis, MN; and great grandchildren, Annika, Margaux, Alek, Lynzie, & Orien.
She is preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers; 7 sisters; former husband, Wesley in 2003; and special friend, Frank Zahrt.
A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held 11:00, Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Boston Funeral Home, Stevens Point, with Rev. Bill Christiansen officiating. Visitation will also be held on Saturday from 10:00 am until time of service at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Hope's family is particularly grateful for the excellent care given by the Portage County Health Care Center over the past four years. The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Eromi Jayasingha & Dr. Paul Munch. For the past eight years, Rev. William Christiansen has provided a caring ministry to Hope and her Stevens Point area family. This care will never be forgotten.
Online condolences may be made at www.bostonfuneralhome.net. Boston Funeral Home …because we care- 715-344-4223.